adamantane

noun

ad·​a·​man·​tane
ˌa-də-ˈman-ˌtān
plural -s
: a crystalline high-melting hydrocarbon C10H16 having the carbon atoms of its skeleton in the same tricyclic pattern found in the space lattice of the diamond; symmetrical tricyclo-decane

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary adamant entry 2 + -ane; probably originally formed as German adamantan

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adamantane was in 1933

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“Adamantane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adamantane. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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